San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, CA)

Brook Lopez Bounces Back in Brooklyn, Helps Lakers Edge Nets

NEW YORK — Brook Lopez walked out of Barclays Center with a dessert calzone from a favorite Italian restaurant down the street and an Oreo cake the arena’s security staff presented him as a gift at halftime.

His first trip back in Brooklyn came with all the familiar trappings – including a return to All-Star form, as Lopez poured in 19 points and blocked three shots to lift the Lakers to a 102-99 victory over his former team, the Nets.

“It was exciting,” Lopez said. “A little weird, but once it got settled, it was like playing back home on that court.”

The Lakers improved to 20-31, with Sunday’s game at Oklahoma City all that remains on their season-long five-game trip. They have gone 2-2 since leaving home last week. …

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